against (one's) principles

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against (one's) principles

In opposition or contrary to one's values or beliefs, such as those of religion, ethics, or ideology. I'm afraid it goes against my principles to vote for a measure that would limit funding for public schools. He told me it's against his principles to drink alcohol.
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On Jerry's return to the rank there was a good deal of laughing and chaffing at him for driving hard to the train for an extra fare, as they said, all against his principles, and they wanted to know how much he had pocketed.
"I think he told her that it was against his principles to give to hospitals," Lady Saxthorpe replied.
He announced his decision in a tweet, explaining that the withdrawal of Dr Atif Mian's name by the government from the EAC because of his faith was against his principles.
PM Nawaz Sharif responded that government had announced in 2013 to respect everybody's mandate, adding that he would not go against his principles.
The Tibetan spiritual leader appeared in the show last year as a guest judge but had refused to judge any of the food, saying that it was against his principles. ( ANI )
However, the Buddhist monk refused to judge any of the food, saying it was against his principles.